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A Gentleman’s Guide to Pro Tennis (and Life) (7022)

Wisconsin native Tim Smyczek places his faith, fairness and sportsmanship before wins.

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Tim Smyczek

After battling 14-time Grand Slam singles champion Rafael Nadal for more than four hours in the second round of this year’s Australian Open, Tim Smyczek did something no one expected him to do. He was down 5-6, 0-30, in the fifth set, when Nadal missed a first serve badly during a verbal outburst from the crowd. This prompted Smyzek to allow Nadal to take his first serve over, and Nadal soon won the set 7-5, and along with it, the match.

Smyczek’s sportsmanship drew praise from the crowd and attention from the media, but he isn’t as impressed at his move as so many others have been. He considers it routine, since his parents only allowed him to pursue a professional tennis career on the...READ MORE

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Hilton Hotels Worldwide to Remove On-Demand Pornography (2253)

Dawn Hawkins, executive director of The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said Aug. 17, 'We want to publicly thank Hilton for its decision to create a safe and positive environment for all of its customers.'

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– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — International hotel and resort chain Hilton Worldwide has changed its policies to eliminate on-demand video pornography from its hotel rooms across the globe, according to an advocacy group.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation announced the reported decision, saying that it “is grateful to Hilton for its decision to no longer seek profits from hardcore pornography.”

“We want to publicly thank Hilton for its decision to create a safe and positive environment for all of its customers,” said Dawn Hawkins, the group’s executive director, in an Aug. 17 statement.

“Hilton has taken a stand against sexual exploitation. Pornography not only contributes to the demand for sex...READ MORE

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Protest and Prayers for Planned Parenthood: ‘America Is Waking Up and Speaking Out’ (3084)

Tens of thousands turn out for prayer vigils and demonstrations at Planned Parenthood businesses across the country.

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Jane Petersen holds her rosary in prayer with other pro-life activists in front of Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Aug. 22. Demonstrations at Planned Parenthood facilities were held across the country; Below, photos from the other protests in the U.S.

– Crystal Vander Weit/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP; CNA/Olivier Douliery/Getty Images; Live Action

DENVER — Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood facilities across the United States this weekend, with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.

After a series of videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal-tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called for a national day of protest.

Eric Scheidler, the group’s executive director, said that “with 240 out of 342 cities reporting,” more than 58,000 people turned out to protest Aug. 22.

“Great day! Except for Planned Parenthood!” he tweeted that evening.

His organization teamed up...READ MORE

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Should Women Be Lectors at Mass, Were Planned Parenthood Videos Produced Unethically, and Much More! (3686)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2015 Comment

Click on Should Women Be Lectors at Mass? by Matthew Hazell of New Liturgical Movement link to read more.

Should Women Be Lectors at Mass? by Matthew Hazell of New Liturgical Movement - Big Pulpit

Were Planned Parenthood Videos Produced Unethically? – Monica Migliorino Miller, Crisis Magazine

Silence and the Eucharist – Kasia I. Ignitum Today

Update on the L.C.W.R. Assembly of the Great Swirly – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

How Can We Change Modern Media? – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

Speaking the Truth in Love, Synod 2015 – Mark S. Latkovic S.T.D., Truth & Charity Forum

10 More Things You Might Be Doing Wrong at Mass - David Rummelhoff, Epic Pew

‘Blessed are the Pure of Heart’ – Peter Howard S.T.D., Catholic Spiritual Direction

What People in the Pews Deserve?: Integrally...READ MORE

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Lack of Faith the Cause of Misunderstanding Jesus’ Words, Pope Francis Says (1437)

The Holy Father centered his Aug. 23 address on the day’s Gospel from John, in which Jesus pronounces himself to be the Bread of Life.

08/23/2015 Comments (3)
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Pope Francis speaks to the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square on June 15 before the Angelus.

– L’Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Those who turn away from the “uncomfortable” teaching on Jesus being the Bread of Life, Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday Angelus address, do so not because of a lack of understanding, but a lack of faith.

“The true cause of misunderstanding (Jesus’) words is a lack of faith,” the Holy Father said, speaking ahead of the Angelus from the papal palace to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square.

“All that we have in the world does not satiate our hunger of the infinite. We need Jesus, to be with him, to be nourished at his table, with his words of eternal life. To believe in Jesus means to put him at the center, the sense, of our life.”

Pope Francis centered his Aug. 23...READ MORE

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The 'Seamless Garment' May Wear Thin in the Age of the Laity, Pope Francis, and Much More! (2393)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/23/2015 Comment

Click on The ‘Seamless Garment’ May Wear Thin in the Age of the Laity by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture link to read more.

The ‘Seamless Garment’ May Wear Thin in the Age of the Laity by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture - Big Pulpit

Are the Divorced and Remarried Excommunicated? What Pope Francis Meant – Karee Santos, Catholic Lane

Blessed Bartolo Longo: From Satanist to Saint – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis and Vatican II – Father C. John McCloskey S. T. D., The Catholic Thing

Book Review-Home Brewed Evangelism – Laura Hensley, Epic Pew

Arkansas Becomes 4th State to Cut Ties with Planned Parenthood – Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia∝

Living in the Noise – Liesl, Ignitum Today

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner – Fr. Basil Cole O. P., Truth and Charity Forum

What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does?...READ MORE

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St. John Vianney and the Necessary, Images That Prove Why Satan Is Terrified of Mary, and Much More! (3488)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/22/2015 Comment

Click on St. John Vianney and the Necessary link to read more.

St. John Vianney and the Necessary – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: The Need for New Keys of Interpretation – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

Images That Prove Why Satan Is Terrified of Mary – Brooke Gregory, Epic Pew

The Ethics of Fetal Tissue Donation – Denise Hunnell MD, Truth and Charity Forum

The 2015 Synod: The Real Issue at Stake – Fr. Regis Scanlon OFM Cap, Crisis Magazine

Gothic Vestments: The Real Thing – Fr. Timothy Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Quæritur: Gregorian Masses – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Monks and Beer: 13 Paintings by Eduard von Grützner – Saint Peter’s List

The Limits of Governmental Interference with Religious Freedom –...READ MORE

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Acadian Legacy Is Rooted in Faith (3097)

St. Martin de Tours Parish, in St. Martinville, La., Celebrates 250 Years

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Church and procession photos, Stephanie R. Martin; procession graphic, Community of Jesus Crucified

HOLY LOUISIANA. The interior and exterior of St. Martin de Tours Church and a photo and graphic of the Eucharistic procession.

– Church and procession photos, Stephanie R. Martin; procession graphic, Community of Jesus Crucified

What follows is a story that has been more than two centuries in the making, but its telling will never get old.

It begins in the early 1700s, with a settlement called Acadia in Canada, near Nova Scotia, where many of the people had ancestral roots traceable to France.

When the British began to occupy the territory later that century, some of these Acadians resisted increasing pressure to commit to an oath of allegiance to the country of Britain. In 1755, fearing the military threat they felt the Acadians represented to them unless such an oath was made, the British exiled the Acadians from their homes in a movement known as Le Grand Dérangement (“The Great Expulsion”).

By 1765, some of...READ MORE

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